2018’s Best New Rods and Reels
Great new hardware, including value outfits, tactic-specific rods and really cool reels
For even more great gear, also see the year’s best new lures, accessories, fly tackle and gear for women.
Best Value Rods
Fate Black Gen 2
You don’t think $100 can get you a good fishing rod anymore? Try the Fate Black Gen 2 series. These rods are light and sensitive, with tangle-free guides and cool-looking Evolve seamless reel seats built around premium Portuguese cork. The series includes nine baitcasting and five spinning rods, all with fast-action tips. Despite the name, the rods are actually bright green to differentiate them from a previous Fate Black line.
13 Fishing, 1-800-508-6013; www.13fishing.com